Monday, October 05, 2015

Oven-baked ham - Ugnsstekt skinka

OVEN-BAKED HAM
Ugnsstekt skinka

A fresh large slice of ham becomes a delicious, juicy roast.

4 servings

2 lbs fresh bone-in ham,
approx 2 inches thick
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 tbsp butter or margarine
good 1/3 to 2/3 cup white wine
½ red sweet pepper
½ yellow sweet pepper

Chutney butter:
1 ¾ oz butter or margarine
3 tbsps mango chutney
3 tbsps chopped parsley
grated zest from ½ orange
salt, pepper

You can substitute the mango chutney with
some other nice chutney, e.g. Pineapple
Sweet & Sour Chutney.

 
Rub the meat with salt and pepper. Melt the fat and brown on both sides until coloured.

Stir the fat until smooth and mix with chutney, parsley and orange zest. Flavour to taste with salt and pepper. Put the meat in an oven-proof dish and spread with about half of the chutney butter. Pour on good 1/3 cup white wine and put in the middle of the oven at 175C/gasmark 4 for 30 minutes.

Chop the sweet peppers, put them around the meat in the dish and dab remaining butter on top. Continue cooking in the oven for another 30 minutes or so, or until the meat is done. Dilute with some more wine towards the end of the cooking time, if necessary.

Let the meat rest for 10 minutes. Flavour the gravy to taste with salt and pepper, cut the meat in slices and serve with the sweet pepper gravy.

Enjoy!

Bella

 

 

 


 

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Oven chicken with bacon rice - Ugnskyckling med baconris

OVEN CHICKEN WITH BACON RICE
Ugnskyckling med baconris

Chicken can easily be made into festive food. Here you bake the chicken breasts in the oven on a bed of unpolished rice mixed with bacon and vegetables. Delicious and easy to make!

4 servings

4 chicken breasts
2 tbsps sherry or orange juice
2 tbsps melted butter or margarine
dash paprika

Rice bed:
good ¾ cups unpolished rice
water, salt
2 slices bacon
1 celery stem
4 spring onions
6 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 tbsps butter or margarine
1 crushed garlic clove
½ tsp salt
dash black pepper
dash ground nutmeg

 
Boil the rice according to package instructions. Cut bacon and celery in pieces. Chop the onions and drain the spinach well.

Melt the fat in a frying pan and sizzle bacon, onions, celery and garlic on medium heat for 5 minutes. Blend in the spinach and simmer slowly for about 5 minutes. Flavour with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Stir together spinach mix and rice and put it in a greased, oven-proof pan. Put the chicken breasts on top. Mix sherry, melted fat and paprika. Brush the chicken and pour remaining mixture on top. Bake in the middle of the oven at 200C/gasmark 6 for 30 to 40 minutes until the chicken is done.

Serve and enjoy!

Bella


 





 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Large meat loaf - Stora köttfärslimpan

LARGE MEAT LOAF
Stora köttfärslimpan


A large, juicy meat loaf filled with vegetables and with a cover of bacon. If you’re many hungry people around the table, this is what you should make.


6 to 8 servings

1½ lbs ground meat (50% beef,
50% pork)
1 large onion
1 green sweet pepper
1 celery stem
3 tbsps butter or margarine
1½ tsps salt
½ to 1 tsp powdered chili
2 eggs
good 1/3 cup oatmeal
1 can whole tomatoes, 14 oz
4 slices bacon


Peel and chop the onion. Trim the sweet pepper and chop it and the celery. Melt the fat in a frying pan and sizzle onion, sweet pepper and celery until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Mix the minced meat with salt, powdered chili and eggs in a bowl and add oatmeal, tomatoes and veggies.

Put the meat in a breadbaking pan and top with the bacon slices. Bake in the middle of the oven at 175C/gasmark 4 for 1 to 1½ hours or until the meat loaf is done. Take it out and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Bella

PS. Any leftovers is great for sandwiches!


















Sunday, September 20, 2015

Oven-baked tomatoes with blue cheese - Tomatlåda med ädelost

OVEN-BAKED TOMATOES WITH BLUE CHEESE
Tomatlåda med ädelost

The fantastic aroma of the blue cheese together with the basil and garlic fragrances are delicious and made for being blended with tomatoes …

4 servings

2 to 3 spring onions
5 to 6 fresh basil leaves
or ¾ tsp dried basil
4 to 5 tomatoes
½ tsp herbal salt
1 ¾ oz blue cheese
½ cup crème fraîche
1 to 2 crushed garlic cloves
black pepper

Chop the onion stems and basil leaves. Slice the tomatoes and onions. Alternate tomato and onion slices in an oven-proof dish. Sprinkle with the chopped onion stems and sprinkle with basil and herbal salt.

Mash the blue cheese with a fork. Mix cheese, crème fraîche and crushed garlic and flavour with black pepper. Pour this mixture over the ingredients in the dish and bake in the middle of the oven at 225C/gasmark 7 for about 20 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Bella

Minute steaks with tomato and corn mix - Tomatbiff med majsröra

MINUTE STEAKS WITH TOMATO AND CORN MIX
Tomatbiff med majsröra

The minute steaks are braised in the tomato juice until they’re tender and delicious. A tasty vegetable mix is a good accompaniment.

4 servings

4 minute steaks
scant ¼ cup flour
salt, pepper
2 to 3 tbsps butter or margarine
good ¾ cup meat bouillon
4 to 5 tbsps mild chili sauce
a few drops tabasco sauce (optional)

Corn mix:
½ onion
2 tomatoes
½ green sweet pepper
2 tbsps cooking oil
1 can corn, 12 oz
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 crushed garlic clove
salt, pepper

Coat the steaks with flour and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Melt the fat in a frying pan and brown the meat on both sides. Add bouillon, chili sauce and optional tabasco. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 30 minutes. Turn the meat after half the time.

Finely chop the onion for the corn mix. Cut tomatoes and sweet pepper in pieces. Heat up the oil and sizzle onion and sweet pepper until tender. Blend in tomatoes, corn, vinegar and garlic and simmer slowly for a minute or so.

Flavour to taste with salt and pepper and serve the mix with the steaks.

Enjoy!

Bella





Large meat loaf - Stora köttfärslimpan

LARGE MEAT LOAF
Stora köttfärslimpan

A large, juicy meat loaf filled with vegetables and with a cover of bacon. If you’re many hungry people around the table, this is what you should make.

6 to 8 servings

1½ lbs ground meat (50% beef,
50% pork)
1 large onion
1 green sweet pepper
1 celery stem
3 tbsps butter or margarine
1½ tsps salt
½ to 1 tsp powdered chili
2 eggs
good 1/3 cup oatmeal
1 can whole tomatoes, 14 oz
4 slices bacon

 
Peel and chop the onion. Trim the sweet pepper and chop it and the celery. Melt the fat in a frying pan and sizzle onion, sweet pepper and celery until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Mix the minced meat with salt, powdered chili and eggs in a bowl and add oatmeal, tomatoes and veggies.

Put the meat in a breadbaking pan and top with the bacon slices. Bake in the middle of the oven at 175C/gasmark 4 for 1 to 1½ hours or until the meat loaf is done. Take it out and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Bella

 

 
 
PS. Any leftovers is great for sandwiches!


 

Quick and easy veggie omelet - Snabbomelett med grönsaker

QUICK AND EASY VEGGIE OMELET
Snabbomelett med grönsaker

A veggie omelet with cheese is excellent for lunch or supper, if you’re in need of something that doesn’t take forever to make.

4 servings

8 eggs
good 1/3 cup milk
1 tsp salt
dash black pepper
6 oz fresh broccoli
(or frozen and thawed)
1 middle-sized zucchini
1 piece leek, approx 4 inches
2 tbsps butter or margarine
2 tbsps cooking oil
8 cherry tomatoes or 2 normal-sized
tomatoes in wedges
2/3 cup grated cheese, e.g. Cheddar
or Jarlsberg
1 tbsp chopped parsley or dill

 
Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper with a fork. Cut the broccoli in pieces, slice the zucchini and shred the leek. Heat butter or margarine and oil in a large frying pan and sizzle the broccoli on low heat while stirring for about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and leek and sauté on low heat while stirring for about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and pour the egg batter over it all. Stir a little with a fork.

Sprinkle with cheese, cover with a lid and bake the omelet on low heat until set and the cheese has melted, approx 10 minutes. Loosen it gently with a spatula and slide it onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with a salad and/or bread.

Enjoy!

Bella





 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Wheat swirls - Vetesnurror

WHEAT SWIRLS
Vetesnurror

Golden yellow wheat swirls with a delicious nut filling. You can “pimp” the glazing by flavouring it with coffee.

48 swirls

5 oz butter or margarine
2 cups milk
1 ¾ oz fresh yeast
good ¾ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
5 ¼ to 6 cups flour

Filling:
3½ oz hazelnuts
5 oz soft butter or margarine
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tbsps strong coffee

 
Melt the fat in a saucepan. Add the milk and heat to 37C/”finger warm”. Crumble the yeast in a bowl and stir it with some of the liquid. Add remaining liquid, salt and then the flour, little by little. Work the dough until pliable and releasing the bowl. Cover and leave to prove for about 30 minutes.

Turn the dough up onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth. Divide it in 4 and roll each part out to an oblong cake.

Grind the nuts for the filling and mix them with fat, sugar and vanilla sugar. Spread the filling over the 4 cakes and roll them up. Cut each roll in 12 pieces and put them, cut side up, in paper tins. Cover and leave to prove for about 30 minutes.

Bake in the middle of the oven at 200C/gasmark 6 for about 10 minutes.

Stir powdered sugar and coffee until smooth. Drizzle the glase over the buns and let set. Serve and enjoy!

Bella





 

Warm cheese-and-ham sandwiches - Varma ost- och skinksmörgåsar

WARM CHEESE-AND-HAM SANDWICHES
Varma ost- och skinksmörgåsar

A warm sandwich is good with a cup of tea or a glass of juice (or milk for me, please!). These are made with cheese, ham and mustard butter.

8 sandwiches

8 hamburger breads

Mustard butter:
3½ oz butter or margarine
2 tsps mustard
2 tsps grated horseradish
good 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 tbsp poppyseeds (optional)

8 slices smoked ham
8 slices cheese, strong if you like that

 
Split the hamburger breads. Stir together fat, mustard, horseradish, onion and optional poppyseeds and stir until smooth. Spread the mustard butter on the bread halves.

Put 1 slice ham and 1 slice cheese on 8 of the bread halves and then top with the other halves. Wrap the sandwiches up in aluminum foil and put them on a baking plate. Bake in the oven at 200C/gasmark 6 for about 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the sandwiches are heated through.

Serve with a salad of iceberg lettuce, shredded red sweet pepper and split blue grapes.

Enjoy!

Bella





 

Oven-baked strawberries - Ugnsbakade jordgubbar

OVEN-BAKED STRAWBERRIES
Ugnsbakade jordgubbar

A lovely summer dessert to make when there’s plenty of strawberries. In the winter you can use frozen berries.

4 servings

4 cups fresh strawberries
or 1 lb frozen berries
1 piece of vanilla stick
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 cup white wine
1½ tbsps fresh lemon juice
3 tbsps butter or margarine
scant ¼ cup flour
2 eggs
1 to 2 tbsps chopped almonds

 
Trim the strawberries and put them in an oven-proof dish. Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla stick and mix them with powdered sugar, wine and lemon juice, pour it over the berries and marinate them for about 30 minutes.

Pour the marinade in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Mix fat and flour and beat it into the marinade. Boil for a few minutes until it thickens. Beat the egg yolks into the sauce. Beat the egg whites stiff and turn them into the crème. Pour the crème over the strawberries and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake in the upper part of the oven at 250C/gasmark 9 to 10 for about 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

You can substitute the white wine with cider or elderberry drink.

Enjoy!

Bella





 

Summery Swiss roll - Sommarrulltårta

SUMMERY SWISS ROLL
Sommarrulltårta

The strawberry is the summer berry no 1 here in Sweden. Fill your Swiss roll with mashed strawberries, slice it and enjoy the summer.

1 Swiss roll, 18 to 20 slices

3 eggs
good ¾ cup sugar
good 1/3 cup flour
good 1/3 cup potato starch
1 tsp vanilla sugar
½ tsp baking powder
2 cups fresh strawberries
1 tbsp sugar

 
Beat eggs and sugar white and fluffy. Mix flour, potato starch, vanilla sugar and baking powder in a bowl, then gently stir this into the egg batter. Pour in a roasting pan dressed with baking paper, approx 16 x 12 inches, and bake in the middle of the oven at 200 to 225C/gasmark 6 to 7 for about 8 minutes. Sprinkle the surface with sugar and unmould onto waxed paper. Pull off the baking paper.

Mash the strawberries and flavour with sugar. Divide the strawberry mash over the cake and roll it up from the long side. Leave it wrapped in the waxed paper until serving.

Enjoy!

Bella





 

Quick and easy goulash - Snabblagad gulasch

QUICK AND EASY GOULASH
Snabblagad gulasch

This goulash is made in approx 30 minutes. The time might vary depending on the tenderness of the meat. This is ideal when you have to get dinner on the table in a hurry.

4 servings

1 1/3 lbs boneless beef, e.g.
thick flank or rump steak
½ onion
½ red sweet pepper
½ green sweet pepper
2 tbsps butter or margarine
2 tbsps flour
1 ¾ cups meat bouillon
4 tbsps red wine
1 tbsp vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ to 1 tbsp paprika
½ tsp dried marjoram
½ tsp caraway
dash white pepper

 
Cut the meat in thin shreds. Chop onion and sweet peppers. Melt the fat in a frying pot or large frying pan and sizzle the onion for a couple of minutes. Add the shredded meat and brown all around until coloured. Sprinkle with flour, stir and dilute with bouillon. Add sweet peppers, wine, vinegar, salt and spices.

Simmer slowly for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Flavour to taste and adjust if necessary. Serve and enjoy!

Bella